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Cape May Rare Bird Alert - 8/10/2000
You have reached the Cape May Birding Hotline, a service of New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory. Highlights for the week ending August 10 include: warbler and shorebird news, MISSISSIPPI KITE, RUFF, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK TERN, SANDWICH TERN, & GULL-BILLED TERN, nature notes and news of CMBO.

The 1st FULL FLEDGED WARBLER FLIGHT occurred on August 5 and included 12 species of warblers, with singles of CERULEAN, WORM-EATING, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, plus 6 CANADA WARBLERS, 4 BLACK AND WHITE, 10 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, 45 N. WATERTHRUSH, and 150 YELLOW WARBLERS. The flight also included LEAST FLYCATCHER & WILLOW FLYCATCHER, E. WOOD PEWEE, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, 1 BALTIMORE and 6 ORCHARD ORIOLES.

3 MISSISSIPPI KITES have been seen almost daily since August 5 and were last reported on the 9th hunting over fields on Tabernacle Road (Rt. 647) that are west and northwest of the Bennett Bog parking lot. The first migrant AMERICAN KESTREL are coming through now.

Shorebirds continue to be good at Brigantine NWR, Stone Harbor Point, and Bivalve. BRIGANTINE on August 8th held a RUFF (a black & white individual in partial breeding plumage), 11 AMERICAN AVOCET, and 2 BLACK TERNS. Also be on the lookout for a leucistic WILLET that is white or cream colored. STONE HARBOR POINT at high tide and the few hours before & after the high tide has been spectacular. On August 4, along with the breeding colony of BLACK SKIMMER and COMMON TERNS and their young, there were about 50 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER with sizable young, 100's SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 300+ RED KNOT (still in partial breeding plumage), 100's SANDERLING (also still in partial breeding plumage), 1,000+ SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 30+ WESTERN SANDPIPER, 1 WHITE-RUMPED, a number of DUNLIN and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, and 2 BLACK TERNS. On August 6th Stone Harbor Point held 3 SANDWICH TERNS, 3 STILT SANDPIPER, and over 100 BARN SWALLOWS on the move. From "The Skimmer" a GREAT CORMORANT was seen in Hereford Inlet on the 9th and 30 ROYAL TERNS on the 10th. On August 10, the PSE&G sites at BIVALVE in Cumberland County held many 1,000's SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 2000 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 10 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 1,000 GREAT EGRETS & SNOWY EGRETS, 56 BROWN PELICANS, a flyover UPLAND SANDPIPER, and an immature BALD EAGLE putting up 1,000's of shorebirds! 8 GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen there on August 6.

A RUDDY DUCK has been seen this week in the South Cape May Meadows and in the State Park ponds.

NATURE NOTES: Wild Cherry trees are heavy with ripe fruit and attracting hungry migrants. The CMBO gardens in Goshen are "to die for" and full of butterflies, hummingbirds, and hummingbird moths. There are probably several dozen hummingbirds, but who can count as they chase each other about. 24 species of butterflies were seen in CMBO's Goshen gardens in a one hour lunchtime stroll on August 10, including 10 Delaware Skippers, 20 Aaron's Skippers, 15 Saltmarsh Skippers, and over 100 Broad-winged Skippers. On August 7, a garden in the Villas tallied 29 species, including Pipevine Swallowtail, White M Hairstreak, Hayhurst's Scallopwing, Common Checkered Skipper, and several Fiery Skippers. A Cloudless Sulphur was seen August 5 at Higbee Beach.

The Cape May Bird Observatory has daily walks, requiring no pre-registration, and many special field trips and programs that do. To receive a copy of our Program Schedule, stop by our centers, or call 609-861-0700, or go to New Jersey Audubon's WEB SITE at http://www.njaudubon.org

The Cape May Bird Observatory is a research and education unit of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Our aim is to perpetuate and preserve the ornithological significance of Cape May. Your membership supports these goals and this hotline. For more information call 609-861-0700 or send a request for information to CMBO, 600 Route 47 North, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Our two centers are CMBO's Center for Research & Education at 600 Route 47 North in Goshen and CMBO's Northwood Center at 701 East Lake Drive in Cape May Point.

The Cape May Birding Hotline is a service of New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory and details sightings from Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties and near shore waters. Updates are made on Thursday evenings. Please report sightings of rare or unusual birds to CMBO at 609-884-2736. Thanks for calling and GOOD BIRDING!

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